New Travel Restrictions Between Texas & Louisiana
March 31, 2020 — On Sunday, March 29, 2020, Governor Abbott signed an order imposing additional restrictions on entering Texas from Louisiana. The new restrictions for drivers expand the Governor’s previous order imposing restrictions on those traveling by air from Louisiana into Texas.
Travelers driving into Texas from Louisiana will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. The order includes an exception for people traveling in connection with commercial activity, military service, emergency or health response and critical infrastructure functions.
Texas Department of Public Safety officers have been dispatched to monitor traffic coming into Texas from Louisiana. Individuals who are stopped must prove they fall into one of the exceptions to the order. If they cannot prove they are an exempt traveler, they must complete a form to be provided by the DPS and identifying their designated quarantine location. Such non-exempt travelers must then immediately travel to their quarantine location and remain there for 14 days. If quarantined travelers violate the 14-day quarantine order, they will be subject to a $1,000.00 fine or 180 days in jail.
If you have questions about the Governor’s order or you anticipate any of your employees will need to travel to Louisiana and may need proper documentation to reenter Texas, please contact us for assistance.
A copy of the order is available here.
For more information, please contact Lisa Norman.
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